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Letter: School Board Talks Farmedge

This letter is in response to a recent advertisement in the April 9th issue of The Levittown Tribune. In that issue, there was an advertisement for three individuals running for the Island Trees Board of Education in which certain statements were made about the current Board of Education and we would like to clarify them.  

 

The Board of Education is elected by the community to oversee and make decisions on district spending. The Board of Education’s area of responsibility is to the Island Trees Schools, the children they educate and the residents of the district. 

Gallow has not been used for Island Trees students for approximately 20 years. We actively looked and continue to look for tenants since BOCES—much to the Board’s disappointment—decided to vacate the Gallow building in 2013.  

 

It was our responsibility when we no longer had a tenant for Gallow to explore other options for the property as an empty building will burden the taxpayers of this community. One such option was a possible sale of the property. To explore this option, it was necessary to know the worth of the property, and we needed to employ the services of professionals to obtain such information.  As of February, due to the community response, all inquiries into selling the property have been tabled and we are in the process of forming a community team that will explore suggestions about the future use of the property.  In order to reduce costs to the taxpayers of an unused building, a decision was made to close the building while keeping it in a condition that would make it immediately available for a possible tenant with minimal re-opening costs.

 

Had the community supported the sale of the property, it was always a consideration that the library would be a part of the district reorganization. The library and the district are two distinct entities, with their own budgets to be used to sustain their own programs. 

 

The Board had also stated a commitment to honor the Stephen E. Karopczyc name at another one of our buildings. After all, it was members of this current board that helped restore the Memorial Middle School name.

 

Although the Farmedge issue is an important one, it is just one of the many issues we are entrusted to handle. In closing, the final word on the future Farmedge Property will always be with the community in a referendum vote.

 

We hope to see you at Meet the Candidate Night on May 12th at the Island Trees High School at 7 p.m.  

 

Island Trees Board of Education

 

Kenneth Rochon, President

 

Kristen Daum, Vice President

 

Daniel Donahue

 

Patricia Mahon

 

Kim McDonough

 

Barbara Medellin

 

George Storm


News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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